Last Updated: August 31, 2021
The challenge for the CSP is to provide a ubiquitous virtual switching infrastructure that can host other virtual network functions (VNFs). CSPs virtualizing their network need an enabling platform that provides high throughput data path performance. They need a solution that scales from small-footprint, edge applications to high-density, data center use cases. They need a solution that solves their OpenStack operational concerns and makes OpenStack fully deployable outside of the data center. And they need a solution that operates on a wide range of commercial off-the-shelf platforms, protecting their software investment and unlocking the networking functions from proprietary hardware. They need Ensemble Connector. Ensemble Connector is a family of software packages that enables CSPs to provide the data path and virtual hosting functionality at customer premises, in the gateway between network clouds, and in the data center.
- IP and Ethernet Forwarding
Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding models with rich traffic classification enabling deployment anywhere. Layer 3 VRF forwarding supports static and dynamic routing protocols.
- Virtual Hosting Environment
VNFs operate under KVM /QEMU for easy, open orchestration integration.
- Encapsulations and VPNs
Layer 3 VPN that interoperates with embedded networks and IPsec tunnels for overlay use cases.
- API Services
YANG model NETCONF and RESTFUL API services simplifying integration with third party OSS / BSS systems and our control and orchestration.
- Embedded Cloud Packages
Local OpenStack controller ensuring OpenStack scalability, performance and manageability.
- Two-Factor Authentication and Call Home
Support for secure authentication and zero touch commissioning of new turn-ups.